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Old 07-07-2007, 01:10 PM
 
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Default Commuting to NYC

I am a 25yo guy from Arizona and I just accepted a job in NYC that will require me to relocate in the next few months. I will be getting around $50k and probably traveling out-of-town on business the majority of my time so commuting to/from the city every day might not be the biggest issue but it is something I need to consider.

What I am really looking for are some good areas in the Metro-region that would provide me with easy access to public transportation to NYC (ideally to Grand Central.) I can't really live in the city itself because I drive a large truck and don't feel like dealing with it in the city every day (not to mention what I have heard it costs for a parking spot.)

Any suggestions? I am open to living in NJ, CT, or someplace in NY state and open to sharing a house/apt in order to get the cheaper rent. Any ideas on good areas (i.e. decently crime-free)to look in the NY-Metro would be a great help.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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There are several apartmnt complexes in fleetwood (fleetwood station) or bronx river road (mt. vernon west station) that are on the Metro North Harlem line and are a quick commute into Grand Central. You can also try Yonkers/bronxville border - yonkers PO - that are walking distance to the Tuckahoe or Bronxville mta stations. Commute would be about 25-35 minutes and if you get a place that's walking distance to the train (which you want to do) then you don't have to pay exhorbitant parking fees for the train.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:15 PM
 
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White plains is also a good option.
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:30 PM
 
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dobbs ferry you could walk to the station and rent will be around $1,ooo for a one bedroom
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah if you have to be around Grand Central you are going to want to focus your search on Westchester County and Lower Fairfield CT as these are where the trains from Grand Central go. New Jersey and Long Island are not in the cards because the trains from there end up at Penn Station which is on the other side of town.

The rent is going to be a problem. You'll be making $50k right? So your rent should be around $1,000 to $1,200 a month, or at least thats what I would budget. You're going to be somewhat confined to where you can live with that, as lots of areas of Westchester are really expensive. Eastern Yonkers by the train line is an option. Unless you're going to be living in Bronxville though, try staying west of the train line in Yonkers instead of Mt. Vernon.
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Old 07-08-2007, 07:13 PM
 
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You are only making 50k a year in NYC, you will likely struggle paycheck to paycheck because NYC is VERY expensive. To live comfortable in NYC, you need to make about 75k. The rent is really the true killer. THere aren't many areas that are cheap near NYC... Unless you don't mind a little bit of crime and somewhat scray looking people..... hope this helps.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:05 PM
 
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Thanks for all the answers. I am still relatively young (25) and only a couple years out of college so this is sort of entry level. I am looking at probably trying to rent a room in a shared house/apartment if I can find one. I was looking at these on craigslist earlier and it seemed there were places all over the NY metro area where you could get a shared place for $600 and up.

These were some very good ideas of what towns to look in though and that is what i needed so thanks to you all for you help!
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:39 PM
 
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Yonkers/ Mt. Vernon/ New Rochelle sounds good for you. In the Bronx the rent is like $600 a month but with rent like that, you'll need high security, a padlock on your apartment door, and bars on your windows on the 30th floor. Seriously.
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:11 PM
 
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Yonkers/ Mt. Vernon/ New Rochelle sounds good for you. In the Bronx the rent is like $600 a month but with rent like that, you'll need high security, a padlock on your apartment door, and bars on your windows on the 30th floor. Seriously.
FYI...that's not all areas of the Bronx. I live in Morris Park section and my rent is twice that for a one bedroom in a beautiful spacious apartment building with hardwood floors. My $1200 bucks get's me a laundry facility and two indoor garage parking spots with storage (for an additional fee of course). I have an eight minute walk to the Express Bus and all I hear in morning on the way to the bus are the birds chirping.

I've lived in the Bronx for many years and this borough gets a bad rap, although I understand why. I know two couples that moved here from the upper east side to avoid paying the exhorbitant rent for apartments the size of a shoe box. It just bugs me to see people make blanket statements about the Bronx.

By the way...I have one lock on my door.
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